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Largest U.S. Airport Opens Revamped Rail Station

DALLAS — The newly renovated MARTA rail station at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) opened recently, providing increased ease and comfort in accessing the world’s largest airport.

The MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) station has been upgraded with new paint, flooring, and tactile strips. These safety features are designed to assist riders in maintaining their step as they embark and disembark the train.

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Despite the renovation, the status of the rail station as a prime plane spotting location remains unchanged.

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The MARTA station is uniquely positioned between the North and South Terminals, offering a prime plane spotting location at the largest airport in the U.S. by passenger volume.

Placed between the five parallel runways, the train platform provides an excellent vantage point for observing aircraft operations, especially when planes are landing on runways 8L and 9R.

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Descending to the terminals, passengers pass by the upgraded Ride Store before entering the expansive baggage claim area.

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Farther down, you can experience one of the new airport features implemented during recent renovations.

The escalator rising from the subterranean Plane Train station to the terminal level is located behind a wall that blocks it from the view of passengers waiting to arrive. This is, in part, a security measure.

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To help those waiting for arriving passengers, a gigantic video screen has been installed on the opposite side of the wall, allowing those waiting to view arriving passengers as they ride the escalator up.

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